Firstly, to all of my beautiful new clients I have had the honour of meeting since opening - thank you. I feel so supported by the general Bayview community and have also been humbled by incredibly loyal clients who travel from far and wide to visit my boutique in Bayview.
As we are all acutely aware, protective masks have become a normal part of our every day lives and it seems we may be wearing them for quite some time yet. With that said, have you noticed any irritation, breakouts, dryness at all since wearing your mask? I can say that personally, I have.
I am finding that my skincare routine has had to evolve quite a lot since masks became mandated. For example - my skin has become quite a bit dryer and blackheads are far worse than they used to be... Add to the equation immense humidity for us Auckland gals lately and it's not a winning combo.
I have had this conversation with so many clients lately hence I decided that this months blog HAD to address this issue. Let's discuss some quick, effective ways to help navigate this annoying phenomenon...and I will be honest, I'm all for safety but I have had visions of a mass mask bonfire and dancing around it with sparklers...okay, let's keep to the point...what was I saying, oh yes skin.
Tip # 1
Cleanse well with a gentle non foaming face wash, thoroughly at night only, by not over stripping the skin. This will help alleviate any dryness or mask irritation around the bottom of your face.
Apply a good quality moisturiser which does not contain any pore clogging agents (professionally recommended products have a higher concentration of active ingredients and so while a little more pricey, are far more effective long term) My brand of choice in my clinic is Circadia.
Tip # 3
If I were deserted on a tropical island with no way of finding my way home (Pina Colada in hand...magazine...palm tree...ok focus Kerry) I would take only one product with me...Retinol. Retinol is the name for Vitamin A applied topically to the skin.
I could write another entire blog on the benefits of Retinol for the skin, but I will spare you the technical details and say that Vitamin A has the capacity to regulate all activities in the skin, repair sun damage, historical and recent, and has the ability to increase collagen and elastin production, when you build up to using no more than 3 times per week at night only (Sunlight degrades and damages the Retinol).
My Retinol of choice is the Circadia Vitamin A Boosting Cream. There is an amazing YouTube video on this topic which is one of the best I have seen.
Please find the link here: https://youtu.be/X6QEXOXy8ME.
Tip # 4
Have a facial. My recommended facial of choice if you are suffering from dry, dehydrated skin, or breakouts, is my Firming Enzyme Facial - offering the best in cell therapy, collagen stimulation and overall skin smoothing benefits. This facial is designed to brighten, detox and firm your skin; perfect even for the most sensitive skin.
So...mention this blog and receive a complimentary upgrade of my Vitamin A Retinol Infusion built into your facial treatment. That's a $50 added bonus which your skin will love.
Go on, book below and spoil yourself!
Stay tuned for my next blog as I will be delving into the benefits of supplementing Essential Fatty Acids and their incredible benefits for your skin and overall wellbeing.